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22 Jul 2020

Working paper discusses role of R&I as key driver of recovery

A recently published working paper by the DG Research R&I S

trategy and Foresight unit discusses the role of research and innovation in the short-term context of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as in the longer term and aftermath of the crisis, as a key driver of the recovery. While research and innovation are at the core of the response to the pandemic itself in the areas of virology, vaccines development, treatments and diagnostics, it will be crucial also in the economic recovery from the crisis, not only to spur economic activity, but also to accelerate the transitions needed.

The authors conclude that policy should promote the coordination of the R&I response to COVID-19, support businesses to cope with the crisis and create innovative solutions to tackle the direct and indirect consequences of the pandemic, help workers and businesses adjust to new ways of working and operating, and build system-wide resilience to address long-term threats such as climate change.

The paper can be downloaded here:

Can R&I save the day? A fair green and digital recovery from COVID19
 

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